When Failure Changed You

Turning wounds into wisdom…

Left – September 2014, Right – October 2015

Everyone fails.  Once, twice or maybe a hundred times; just like Thomas Alba Edison when he thought of creating the light bulb, his failures did not stop him from doing what he loves.  It even made him to do something better, until he achieved his goal… Just like him, it may not be phenomenal, I have a story too.
Flashback – I left Kuwait for Korea in July 2014. I was a bouncing 100kg block at that time. Wooohhoooo! One of my friends even threw a joke at me that I am 0.1 ton (Damn, how could they use the unit ton on me). I know I’m heavy and big for my height but I believe that things will be okay if I workout.  I’m sure it will be okay.  So I started having this new life, working out, running, swimming, but nothing really serious as my diet was the same.  SEE-FOOD (When I see food, I eat). I would always try to weigh myself and see very minimal changes; I joined various half marathons, but naaah, nothing.  Ok, I lost weight, 1lb per month.  I’m not really sure if it was a big difference… maybe, at least I’m going somewhere.  I even joined Tokyo marathon in February 2015, and I was around 95Kg; 5kg in 7months.  Then triathlon events came in April and finished last.  At the end of July 2015, I weight 93kg; a loss of 7kg in one year.

Busan Half Marathon Finished at 2:43.
Busan Half Marathon Finished at 2:43.

My friends see me as very optimistic person and I really consider myself the same: fit and able to endure anything that goes in my way. Then, this event came.  70.3 Ironman… A Complete Failure. I blame the full moon, the unforgiving heat and the inconsiderate marshals (even though they are not) for now allowing me to run…

Fine. No problem, I’m fine, Perfect, Try again. I was trying to console myself and so did my friends, but the truth was, it’s not okay. I returned to Korea thinking about it, and I had this realization, that I need to do something different for me to really achieve my goal.

I started planning, and logging my accomplishments manually, there are strava and runkeeper, but putting it this way gave me a sudden thrill of completing every workout.
I started planning, and logging my accomplishments manually, there are strava and runkeeper, but putting it this way gave me a sudden thrill of completing every workout.

I signed up for a number of multisport events, but I told myself that I want to be better. I created a training diary and told myself that I should do it. Whatever my reasons were when I wake up, I have to do it. I get up early to swim or bike or run. Then in the evening do the same. 7 days a week. I rest sometimes but that’s because of my work schedule.  The key was I should have a good sleep.   I used my common sense on my diet; eliminated sugar in my coffee and chose healthier options.

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On the first 2 weeks I saw significant difference on my weight. Wow! This is working.  I shared my plan to few of my friends who I know can motivate me; to keep my sanity (because I’ve never done this before). I would show them what I’m doing and they would virtually pat my back for my job. That feels good.

I consistently workout, and it showed huge results.  All my races may not be a complete success but there is one thing in this pursuit that thrilled me most. I lost 10kg! I looked back on some of my photos a year ago, and it was like I’m looking at two different people, with the same smile (lol).  Even I couldn’t believe on what I have achieved, just when I thought it’s IMPOSSIBLE. Then, I change the way I look at things, then it became, I’M POSSIBLE.  I used my failure as my inspiration to be better, and so I succeed.
Today, I am still aiming to shred few more pounds, I just recently hit sub 2 hours in my last half marathon, and looking forward to improve my time in my marathon pursuit.

DIFFICULT, BUT DEFINITELY ATTAINABLE.

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Monitored my progress with the use of Body Analyzer in the gym I am registered, while the accuracy of the Fat% and other things seemed to be questionable, it is giving me a ball park value and something to target.

The Importance of Failure – My TEDxYouth Talk

If you are the person who picks up after a crushing defeat and go on to win again, Someday, you will definitely become a champion! – Wilma Rudolph

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A month ago, I got an invitation to speak in a locally organized TED event which is TEDxYOUTH in Busan  International Foreign School. Of course, I didn’t say no because, I believe that grabbing every opportunity is the best way to improve, and because I recently had a learning experience from my last Ironman attempt, I thought that I have a message to share… not just about winning and never giving up, but the moment you fell to the ground and trying to pick yourself up again and making yourself whole to be ready for another fight.

Check out the video of my speech!

Exploring Opportunities

Take and explore every opportunity you can get!

One morning in Busan
One morning beautifulin Busan

It has been six months since I arrived in South Korea, and I must say that living in Busan is quite a challenging experience; however, there’s a saying that there’s opportunity in every difficulty so I grab one when I see one.  The culture of the country is a bit fast paced and most people tend to dedicate their time towards work so I try my best to keep up with its busy lifestyle and at the same time, find an opportunity to have a quality time with myself. I listed few things that I have done.

1. Learn to read and write – it’s never easy to learn another language; what more if they have a different alphabet?  It’s a double whammy! Most of the signage in every landmark is written in their native language, Hanguk, even in the menu in restaurants are quite difficult to understand and I have to rely on photos; so the best way is to at least know how to read and know what food I order.

The Hanguk Characters - #photgrabbed
The Hanguk Characters – #photgrabbed

Mekju hana chuseyo!  😛

Hopefully, I’ll be able to learn the language after a year!

Helpful Korean Applications
Helpful Korean Applications

2. Download Phone Applications – I am truly thankful I live in this era, google translate, subway schedules, bus, airline and even food name is available on line, somehow, life is less difficult having these trustworthy apps.  Even online banking and where to watch a movie, smart phone is never a failure.

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Jiri Mountain, 2nd highest mountain in South Korea

3. Hike – So now that I have google maps, I was able to learn South Korean topography and choose where to hike every week.  I also tried researching about the place, but of course knowing where to go first is more important. Every place is truly breath-taking! Bukhansan, Cheonggesan, Jirisan,  Jangsan, Hwangyeonsan and counting!  My camera is always loaded with the beauty of Korea.

Korean Roads: Great for running!

4. Run – Uphill, Downhill, Run near the beach, on the road, I can really run every where in Busan, the place is bike friendly and has a lot of parks to jog. There are also monthly races that I was able to join although I just really have to be keen in searching on these running events as most of the sites are only available in Korean.

18th Ocean Busan Half Marathon
18th Ocean Busan Half Marathon

5. Toastmasters – This global club has been around the country for years and being with toastmasters has always been a great help; being with Korean toastmasters helped me to adapt the culture outside work and having Ex-pats toastmasters allowed me to understand also their experiences in Korea.   I even attended a national conference and I had loads of fun. It’s just too tiring though because it’s only for a day.

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At the Fall Toastmasters Conference in Seoul with J.A. Gamache (World Public Speaking Finalist)

I’m really sure that there are still a lot of opportunities to explore here in Busan to avoid home sickness and boredom thankfully, I was able to adjust quite faster than what I thought. 🙂

Living the Moment

Anyanghaseyo! That is the most common greeting that I use to hear everyday from colleagues and everyone else here.  Yes, I am in South Korea. My three year stint in Kuwait is done and now I am embarking a new chapter of my life.  The kubus, humus, machboos and sisha life has changed to kimchi, noodles, kalbitang (my favorite) and soju. Goodbye to my desert life for now 🙂

SeoulI must admit that living life in Korea is somewhat difficult if I compare it in Kuwait; not that the people are not nice, in fact, they are indeed very nice; however, I have few challenges, one is the language.  Most people speak mainly Korean and you would only see few people speak English. South Korea herself has a very rich value for culture that is why I think its like that, although I think a number of English speakers has been increasing which I think is very good for us expats.  Another is, seeing another fellowman in the country is rare unlike in Middle East so there are very limited people I could ask about Korean lifestyle. Thanks to a friend and a few websites I was able to learn few things before moving in.

As what I have said, Korean’s culture and tradition is so rich, that of course I had a taste of it that moment I landed.  My colleagues immediately gave us a sumptuous dinner in a table so low that we have to sit while eating.  I don’t have a problem with that, except that my belly is pressing so much that it hurts! lol!  Then the soju (local wine) was poured to my glass, and according to them, they have a way of pouring it.  Use of chopsticks and more table manners that we soon need to adapt.

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There are so many things about Korea that I have to learn; it might be somewhat difficult but surely it is possible; for now, I would have to live the the moment and be thankful on what I have!

P.S.

I can now read and write Korean! Yay!

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very organised train stations… This is very convenient!

Featured Thoughts: Hope

We must accept finite disappointments, but never lose infinite hope – Martin Luther King Jr

Hope

Life itself I must say is topsy turvy. Life is like a wheel or a roller coaster ride; sometimes your at the top and sometimes your at the bottom; often whenever we are at the top, we feel that it was too quick and the the next moment we’re at the bottom, and we complain so much and we feel that it’s going to last forever. 

Disappointments are always there, and it will always be like that, but as the saying goes, that we must accept finite disappointments, but never lose infinite hope…

Featured Thoughts: “Life of Pi”

“When you suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling…” – Yann Martel

Life of Pi Poster
Life of Pi Poster

As I was browsing through what movie could I watch over the weekend. I came across this movie “Life of Pi”. It puzzled me for a moment what this movie is all about, I don’t want to put my money into waste so I thought of checking its synopsis and check what is it all about.

The film was based on a novel by Yann Martel and was directed by Ang Lee, a well known director of movies Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hulk; so this should be good. As I watched its trailer, a saw the sense of the movie so I decided to go for it.

The movie is actually all about the teen-agers post shipwreck life losing his family from a thunderstorm and his quest for survival. And the dillema, he has to live with a full grown Bengal Tiger!

For 227 days, he managed to live in an environment like that…. I couldn’t just imagine myself if I was in his position. Maybe I’ll do the same but I am not entirely sure if my sanity will keep me alive.

Glimpse of the scene (grabed from nytimes.com)
Glimpse of the scene (grabed from nytimes.com)

The movie itself has thought me to thank life even more. I am totally humbled for most of the time complained about my ordeal, about how things that don’t work according to my will. How torn my pair of shoes are and not seeing the man who doesn’t even have feet. I also appreciate life’s wisdom shared in the movie and the way it teaches us to hope, and hope even more but do something about it.

These are just few of my favorites quote from the movie:

 I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.

If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering.

Above all… it is important not to lose hope…

Check out more quotes of Yann Martel and the New York Times Review.

Check out also the trailer of the movie:

If you’re into a movie about life, this is for you.

What next for me? Maybe I should read the book…

The Kuwait Little Theater

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism. – Wendell Phillips

The Kuwait Little Theater Banner, Check them out at http://www.theklt.com

On my quest to fight against boredom here in Kuwait, I find myself watching from the audience in a theater in Ahmadi named Kuwait Little Theater.  As I first watched one of their acts in  ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I can’t help myself but to say W-O-W on it!  I’d dare say that I am actually impressed on what they do. Going home after that great experience, I immediately checked their site.  I have seen it before but I guess I have just ignored it thinking that it’s not really active or I am not paying attention, but hey!  these people have been here for like 60 years!

Arsenic and Old Lace last March

I have been over KLT ever since and continuously checking if there are updates on their site.  Checking out photos, archives, auditions, etc and videos too!  Last month in May they officially opened Bat Boy the Musical.  I wasn’t able to see the performance for I was on vacation, yet it was fortunate that they have it in June!  At the end of the show, It was so silly of me that I was trying to remember the tune “Love the bat Boy, Save the Bat Boy!  (Not sure if I am singing it right. LOL!).

Bat Boy The Musical Highlights, Sorry for the poor resolution.

Bat Boy Musical is even more delightful.  Full of creativity.  Each seen was spectacular! So spectacular I want to do a standing ovation but I don’t want to block the person sitting behind me and then being thrown out and eventually not seeing the whole play… And their facial expressions! I was so eager to tap my friend sitting next to me and tell, Look at him! Look at him!

They said they’ll have something again in September or October! I can’t wait!

Again, I encourage you to view their website if you want more information!  www.theklt.com

P.S.
I am not KLT’s stock holder 🙂

Featured Thoughts: Working Out

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The first thing that I did in the morning:  Working out. The thing that most people find it weird and silly if they find you addicted to it.  Why?  I have no idea!   They may sometimes ask you about the sense of being passionate about it, which I would response about them being passionate at smoking or drinking… If they couldn’t understand me, I would respond back the same.  Nuff said.

2011 in Review

The year 2011 is over and now coming to another stage. Two thousand twelve.  Thank you for the support that you have given me friends!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Roaming Around

You’ll never be lonely if you know how befriend yourself – David Archuleta

Maybe, I am claustrophobic (photo by Cyril Conrad)

It has been almost two months since I arrived Kuwait.  As I previously mentioned on one of my posts,  I quickly searched for something to look forward to on the country.  Oh boy!  There’s definitely has a lot of stuff to do.  Who’s getting homesick eh?

Ok,  I just don’t want to stay home. All my weekends are now jam-packed with activities here.  May it just be going to a mall or joining a photo-walk, it doesn’t matter, as long as I make my stay in an environment I am trying to call home a better place to to live in.  Maybe, just maybe,  it would workout, again it’s all about choice and what attitude you’ll have each day!  Yeah!

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Oh btw, I still run.  I just don’t have someone to take a photo of me while running for I run only on treadmills at a local hardcore Arab Gym with a name that’s not so Arab (Swiss Gym).   😀

Featured Thoughts: Proud Friend

‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles… – Vanessa Carlton

Thanks Team CB for remembering we care. :). This made my day.

It’s been almost two months now since I left the country, with this short period of time, as I look at the Facebook updates of my friends, looks like everyone(or at least many of them) is having a good time in running. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t envy them…  (Pause)

Ok just a little… just a little like 1%; but I am 100% happy for them, to my friends doing Ultra-marathon, friends making it to podium finish, into triathlons. Wow!  I am truly impressed and overwhelmed on how much they have become.  People who I least expected but handled to get through it. Without a doubt, the power of mind is greater than anything else; the power of believing that you can do better.  When I look at their success I become more inspired to do more, to do better; not just on running but on life itself. 

Hah, I am just glad.

To all my friends who run and continuously running congratulations!  I am a proud friend.

 Oh by the way, I just ran 18K today.  Thanks again for the motivation.  🙂

The Need to Change on a Changing World

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

One shot in Kuwait. It's 48C that day. Ouch!

I’ve been through a lot of changes, not just a minor change but totally a big change.  What I do in the past might totally be different to what I will be doing tomorrow.  I have just changed my career and that would be on a different place.  I’ve been through a series of stress lately that made my training sessions hard to cope out; say, I am still trying to acclimate to the place where I will be working and living.  I  tried working out almost 4 times a week in middle east for the past six weeks but I must say,  that the workout that I am doing was not actually inclinded for a runner.  I ran 3-5K on a treadmill and that it.  I hate treadmills because it’s stationary and I feel it’s boring.  I try going outside for a run but it’s just terrible.  Middle East is extremely arid place.  They even say that it’s already a good weather if it’s 45-47C which is just normal for them.  Okay,  so I just usually stay in the gym to run 3 -5K and work out.  I swim as well sometimes. 

Guilty of putting everything in my tummy. burp

Of course, I wouldn’t blame anyone but myself.  Buffet meal is so inviting you would check most of the stuff not realiazing you’re already full.  Lobster, Shrimps, Fish, Lamb!  It was already a good thing that I sometimes skip the taking the sweets.  I gained weight!  Yes, I have to admit.  Haha!  What else would I need to do but to accept and act upon it soon. 

See-food diet or Sea-food diet?

Don’t get me wrong,  it’s not that I have to avoid these but maybe look up to what’s needs attention; 0n to what my priorities will be.  Of course, if I want to beat myself in future races then I have to at least put it in moderation.   There might not be any weekly races in Kuwait but perhaps I can attempt to joing nearby races like aiming for Dubai Marathon in January. Who knows, I might be able to give it a shot.  We’ll see…

Behind the Race

I support!

 

Three Sundays.  Didn’t race, but did three different things to support three races.  A bit rewarding for I got a couple of affirmation from some of my friends who saw my stints.

Photographer's Photo Ops by Greg Galang

1. Goldilocks Fun Run.  I was hired as a photographer. Thanks Rio for the opportunity and Doc Marvin for pulling me in the list.

photo from Sheryl Quimosing FB Page

2. Hosted once again another Greentenial Event, the Greentenial Half Marathon.  Thanks for for trusting me again Kat Orbista and Rovic Canono.  Hosting is tiring as much as doing a 21K but still all worth the fun.  Oops, thanks KB Runner, another co-host of the event for picking a decent Baywatch outfit. hehe!

The Birth of Ortigas Muchers by Maridol Yabut

3.  Lead the Ortigas Munchers in Adination of Runners’s 2nd 5th Sunday Run together with Co-Team Leader Drew Llanes.  Oh we did not win, but we at least put our best foot forward and had fun!  Awesome event indeed!

Huh?! Where are my running photos now?!

Caught in Pompom by Letsky Les

Haha! At least I had one!

Another Act of Random Kindness (Run for Japan)

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

Run for Japan Banner

A few weeks ago, I received a message from a friend:

Hi Argo. I guess you’ve heard about the event that we are organizing entitled “Run for Japan”. Most of our manpower and suppliers will be sourced out through sponsors and volunteers. Our target is to generate P50,000-100,000, which will be donated to the Japan Red Cross.

So what does this have to do with you anyway? I am knocking in your kind heart for your time and support. I’ve witnessed your hosting stint on three different occasions. Takbo.ph Runfest, Run Feast Post Run Party and the Takbo.ph Christmas Party 2010. All I can say is “ikaw na”! Hehehe! Ang galing mo. I wish I have a talent and PR like yours.

Anyway, event date is on April 17, 2011 – 3rd Sunday. Venue will be at BGC- The Fort.

Please, please, please…We need your help…Thanks in advance…God bless! 🙂

<pumayag ka na please. mahirap mag-english…hehehe! >


Me, Angel, PY and TJ (photo by Jeff Avellanosa)

I thought she was joking after sending me this mail, I asked a few questions and eventually agreed to her after. The event is for a good cause and I will be a part of it! Right from the start I never had any doubts that I will not be able to handle this event properly, I was confident (yabang na no?!) for I have already done this a couple of times, although this time, it would be a bigger crowd…

Hah! I totally have no idea what was going on behind me! (photo by Mark Leonard Manalo)

The event started with an awkward moment.  Technical difficulties hinder us from giving a healthy opening but good thing we eventually go with the flow  I saw a couple of friends during our stint and somewhat hearing their side comments.

“Argo kinareer mo na lahat!”

“Level up ka na! ”

“Ikaw na!”

I could almost respond on their chants but I need to be focused! Haha! The festive air was already there. there were cosplayers, sumo wrestlers, samurais, runners, plus the anime’ music way back in my intermediate days.  Dragon BallZ, Bioman, Shaider, VoltesV. T’was awesome!

With the Supporters of this Event (photo by: Glo Arbatin)

It was a non-stop talk, except the portion where we need to transfer from the Stage in the starting area to the stage in the activity area.  Thank the sponsors, acknowledge the runners, plug the upcoming race…adlib… adlib… Thank the sponsors, acknowledge the runners, plug the upcoming race… adlib… adlib…  It was like that until the awarding.

I was dead hungry after the event, but it was all worth it! We had fun and we were able to help.  I am glad that I became a part of it.

Thank you Greentenial Team for the opportunity!

Featured Thoughts: When Quitting is a Good Thing

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time… – Chinese Proverbs

I give up, but Ill have you for breakfast tomorrow!

 A quitter never wins and a winner never quits!  True in every sense and that’s everyone says… The word quit should never exist in our vocabulary.  On second thought, does it really have to be that way?  Should we really push ourselves to our limits until we fall from weariness? 

In my honest opinion, NO!

I bet that this requires an honest-to-goodness evaluation of a runner. Am I pushing my self too hard? Do I really have that Simply-Wilnar-esque ability?  We continue hammering away and pushing ourselves to the limit until we realize that that we are only Feeling-Wilnar.  We have just injured ourselves!

Simply Wilnar in his early days in running turned champion in 1st BDM 160K Ultrmarathon

So what is my point?  Quiting can still be an option.  All we need to know is WHEN! When would be the time quiting is still good?

Anyway, there’s still tomorrow another day to prove again what you can.

Disclaimer: This is just one of my senseless thoughts and I am just thinking outloud. hehe! 

Year 2

Going and going…

Looking forward for more! (photo from Sheryll Q.)

Today is my 2nd anniversary of my running passion. it all started in Drew Arellano’s Happy Run where I ran bandit! I didn’t look back after that and continue with the thing I started to love. I had my first and second marathon before my 1st year ends and on the 2nd phase, I unfold new stories and beat myself over and over again! Haha!

Highlights

Condura Marathon – I hit my first sub 5 on a marathon at 4:58. You’ll never see my name though because it was under a name of a dear friend who inspired me to beat her! Unfortunately, she was just too good for me.

 

Bataan Death March – My first ultramarathon. A 100k’er. Who would ever thought I could finish?

TNF50 – A month after BDM I joined a trail ultramarahon but decided to run just half of TNF’s cocktail. Thanks Ellen for pulling my leg to join. This is indeed the hardest race I’ve joined to date. PAU Races Baldrunner’s ultra race in different province is breath-taking. Unexpected terrain but I could say awesome!

Marathon, marathon, marathon! Oh boy I joined 3 more marathons! Milo, CamSur and QCIM. PR to beat now is 4:51.

Multisport- I dread water! I dread biking, but for the love of the game, I tried and was able to improve myself! Ateneo Aquathlon, AAA Cup and NAGT Super-Mini Tri.

PR’s – I hit my 10k at 52 mins now. I haven’t tried sole 5k but I dd a pretty much good split at 24.

Podium Finish

Fat Ass Run totally came to me by surprise. Fat Ass King is the tittle I may have to carry for all year round!

Yeah I’m good ain’t I? On the other hand, there were a lot of people behind my success… Takbo.ph friends, Team CB, my family and of course, God! Who and Where is the fat-assed argonaut without them… Oh well, i am Looking forward again for the phase 3 of my running passion! Wherever life is taking me this time, i’m sure it will be another story to tell. Until then…

Busy

Bandit?

My blog has been idle for quite a month now. No updates whatsoever of anything despite the fact that you can see me most of the time in some occasions. I must say that I am really busy. Busy with the training I require to myself in order to be in shape for the event that I will be joining this month and next month, not to mention my busy work schedule too. I am really putting everything in place closely so my mind had been too preoccupied to write. 

Photographer Mode

Anyway, in the past few weeks I volunteered as a photographer in the recently held Takbo.ph Runfest and followed by the Dean’s Cup a week after. This is my way of thanking all my friends who has supported me every time I race. A few weeks from now, I’ll be joining a 65Km race in Laoag and I am really trying to condition myself at least on that race. 

I am still running though but not in any running events because I feel that joining too many races can empty my pocket quick, yet but I am not saying I’m not joining any of them anymore.  I just don’t have much resources at present.  Joining running events out of town can really cost a lot because you need also to enjoy the race other than running there. 

Still on practice...

I am also into swimming, trying to be even more serious because I am aiming to join multisport too someday.  I am amazed at my progress in this sport.  Before, I can’t even move 5 meters and dread to be at the pool after a couple of minutes; however, I can now do laps even longer laps… Yet I believe that I still need to practice more.   

 I will definitely catch up on this blog soon… Soon..

A Flicker fom the Past

A year ago, The Argonaut joined the Milo Half Marathon. A couple of naiads, nymphs

Argonaut into another challenge...

gods, demigods and mortals had seen him finishing his 1st decent half marathon for he was able to meet the cutoff set by the race.

He was able to gun his personal best at that time despite of the attack of Zeus lightning bolt on his calf and the curse of thirst convened by Bacchus at his throat which luckily he managed. The lurking Medussa was there yet good thing that the Argonaut stayed focused in his will.

Argonaut may not be able to outrun Atalanta, or even the mortal Wilnar, but at least he can persevere; for he always try his best in everything that he does. He may be obstructed by the gods for being stubborn but his will and desire pursues… Not even a minotaur, a hydra or Cerberus could stop him from his quest.

Is he the son of Hermes?

A few days from now, The Argonaut will join again the Milo Marathon, yet this time he is joining the full 42 Kilometers. This may not be his first but his 7th (Ultra-marathon and marathon combined) yet, he is aiming for a better personal best this time. We will see if his training indeed paid off and if Athena will still give him wisdom, if Hermes will provide the swiftness and Apollo if he will provide the light. Hope the he will not experience the same way with Atlas,  with Narcissus who ended up being punished. We’ll see if he will be able to get the Golden Fleece this time…

Here is Argonaut’s last year account of the story

Pictures from last year

Featured Photo: Insignia

Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Insignia

Whatever what you’ve been through… All the pains and struggles, the efforts, the beaten zombie-ish body and the “almost defeated face”… All of it… Will eventually turn into bliss when you finally found the finish line…

But when that day had passed, the insignia of triumph on the other hand will bring it back into vivid colors, like you were time warped…

At the end of your day dreaming you’ll realize… Oh what a crazy guy you are, but then again, you would always want to go back…

BDM Snap Shots

I kept on looking for in the net looking for more of my running photos.  I could almost give up looking for them until I suddenly remembered that Emil is keeping alot.

Thanks my friend, for capturing this moment for me…

Self Proclaimed Team CB as our Support Crew

These three were all waiting for us to arrive.

Take it off!

 It was so humid that time, that I decided to remove my singlet…  Still humid but it relaxed me a bit.

Oh no, but what have I done wrong...

Km I approached Km 50… yes, I am enduring a pain, and it drives me up the wall…

Managed to Smile at the halfway...

 Tried smiling halfway for a photo oppotunity; however, my heart is full of doubts at this moment for the fear of not finishing the race…

Resting somewhere...

That’s less than 10Km left and I’m done… crazy…

Oh no, don't look down...

 I have decided to removed my shoes due to blisters…  I tried running and then walking… 

To the finish (enter chariots of fire soundtrack)

A guy at the back trying to outran me after seeing how close I amto him…  It my competetive spirit and pride that dragged me to push even more…

At last... it was the finishline

 Finished at last…  Baldrunner put on the not so big medal on me and handed me the trophy as well…

Thanks Emil for these shots..  more of his BDM pictures here